On May 10, 2016, the most recent Canadian census took place. Of course, Canadians had from the 2nd to complete their forms, but the information given was meant to reflect a ‘snapshot’ of life in the country on the 10th of May.
Censuses have been conducted in one or more regions of what is now Canada since the mid-17th century. All of the Canadian territories have been surveyed via a census every 10 years since 1851 and every 5 years since 1901. Continue reading
Last week I wrote a bit about the digitisation of historical documents and how the addition of indexes, transcriptions, and metadata can turn a pile of images into a findable, searchable, valuable resource. This week I’d like to write a bit about one of the methods organisations are employing to sort through digitised documents and add this vital information: crowdsourcing.
Crowdsourcing history allows organisations to tap into a worldwide base of potential volunteers with interests in family history, military history, and so on. Continue reading